In secret: the value of humility and anonymity

Many of you have these words of Jesus:  Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.  Could it be that these words, like so many others of Jesus' are truer, much truer, than we realize?In my readings for the upcoming symposium of faith and science that I’m attending, I’ve discovered that the deeper one goes down the rabbit hole that is physics, the closer one gets to the mysteries of revelation called theology.  For example:After Einstein initially posited that the speed of light wa … [Read more...]

And if the world ends on May 21?

"There is no doubt that the Antichrist has already been born. Firmly established already in his early years, he will, after reaching maturity, achieve supreme power."  -Martin of Tours, 4th Century ADI've always had friends who are "into" Biblical prophecy and finding the dates of Christ's return.  In the '70s, I saw charts and graphs predicting the end of the world would happen in the '70s.  The same thing happened in the '80s and '90s.  And who among us could forget Y2K and the great apo … [Read more...]

Insanity antidote: simplicity

If you're reading these words, you're likely among the top 10% of wealthiest people in the world.  You're probably not spending much time thinking about how you'll get water to drink, or whether you'll have a place of shelter tonight.  Though it may come at steep price (depending on where you live) you have access to health care; and food; and more than one pair of shoes.  We are, in other words, blessed.This kind of wealth creates choices, and the wealthier you are, the more choices you have. … [Read more...]

Thanks Dietrich…words for the ages

Last night I was privileged to participate in a panel discussion about the life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer because Taproot Theatre here in Seattle is running a play about his life right now.  Four of us came prepared to share with the audience some of the ways Bonhoeffer has influenced our lives, along with favorite quotes.  This was followed by a Q&A and discussion.  I hope it was a good evening for others.  I know it was rich for me.Bonhoeffer is a mentor of sorts, but unlike flesh and blood … [Read more...]

The King’s Speech on D-day eve: A reference point for departure

While our nation's "brightest and best" continue to engaging in embarrassing political posturing, I was privileged last night to enjoy a cup of tea with a dignified British woman who's at the end of her ninth decade, whose husband fought bravely in WWII, and then worked to help Germany rebuild, both physically and spiritually.  I'm talking about Joan Thomas, wife of the late Major Ian Thomas, who founded the Torchbearer Missionary Fellowship, of which I'm privileged to be a part.  Tea with her i … [Read more...]

The King’s Speech on D-day eve: A reference point for departure

While our nation's "brightest and best" continue to engaging in embarrassing political posturing, I was privileged last night to enjoy a cup of tea with a dignified British woman who's at the end of her ninth decade, whose husband fought bravely in WWII, and then worked to help Germany rebuild, both physically and spiritually.  I'm talking about Joan Thomas, wife of the late Major Ian Thomas, who founded the Torchbearer Missionary Fellowship, of which I'm privileged to be a part.  Tea with her i … [Read more...]

An example of “coffee with God”

In the church I lead, I've been teaching from II Corinthians 3 and 4 these past weeks, and have been struck once again by the active verbs of 3:16,18 - which are "turn" and "behold."  The promise that our transformation comes from our ongoing growth in intimacy with Christ.  We turn to Christ; He transforms us.  The simplicity and assurance of this path is, for me, perhaps the most encouraging truth in the New Testament because I'm liberated from having to custom-build my own life.  My res … [Read more...]

Easter: making all things new

"Behold, I make all things new." -Jesus the ChristDo you remember (either the book or the movie) in The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, the part where the thaw begins?  Do you remember later, when new life sweeps through the corrupted castle, bringing to warming that which was frozen?  Do you remember that none of this is possible unless Aslan, the Christ figure, is risen from the dead? … [Read more...]


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